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Friday, 21 October 2011 09:20

Xbox 720 targeted for 2013

Written by David Stellmack


Will we see it at E3 in 2013?

A number of sources are buzzing about Microsoft’s progress on its next console, which has become known as the 720 (at least for the time being). Multiple sources say that Microsoft is targeting a fall/holiday release in 2013 as the time frame for its arrival.

Whispers suggest that a number of developers already have development systems that feature the new technology that will be a part of the new system. Of course, these developers and publishers are denying that they have this new technology in their possession, but if Microsoft is targeting for 2013, developers need to start getting new engines moved over to the new platform.

Speaking of engines, from the shadows we are hearing suggestions that Lionhead is working on Fable Next, which will be a launch title for the system; and Epic is hard at work getting the 4th evolution of its Unreal Engine ready for the platform, as well. It is suspected that a number of other high profile developers are also working on getting their engines ready for the new platform.

Of course, Microsoft is saying nothing and has noted (as they always do) that they don’t comment on rumors. If a fall or holiday 2013 release is the target, sources tell us that we should expect that Microsoft will take the wraps off the 720 at E3 in June 2013. We will just have to see how the timeline evolves at this point; but don’t look for Microsoft to talk about it, as they will continue to promote the Xbox 360 up till the last second of the announcement of the 720.

Last modified on Friday, 21 October 2011 10:04
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+2 #1 Jigar 2011-10-21 09:40
So after 2013 we will start seeing the new graphics advancements :(
0 #2 nekromobo 2011-10-21 09:48
So 720 will probably be 300w part (at most). AMD is doing the gpu-part, so it probably will have power of something like AMD 7970 SI. More speculation?
+6 #3 inaphasia 2011-10-21 12:44
I'm no marketing genius, but shouldn't they just call it the XBox 1080 (720+360) and make it FullHD gaming capable? If it's gonna stick around 'till the year 2020...
+5 #4 nt300 2011-10-21 13:05
Let me see, the XBOX 720 (Stupid Name IMO). Should be full 1920 x 1080p. Should be based on ATI's Radeon HD 8000 series of Graphics. And I estimate a Q3 to Q4 2013 Launch.

The PC will still remain superior to Gaming Consoles, but it's about Bloody Time new Consoles get released.

It's because of the AGE OLD PS3 & XBox 360 and those dam Gaming Developers that are screwing up PC games due to the fact most design the game on the Console (Stupid) then port the bloody thing onto PC. This process should be the other way around, design it for the PC (Superior) then port it over to game consoles. In my opinion, that would guarantee the best possible Graphics Quality.
+1 #5 bardenck 2011-10-21 13:16
Quoting inaphasia:
I'm no marketing genius, but shouldn't they just call it the XBox 1080 (720+360) and make it FullHD gaming capable? If it's gonna stick around 'till the year 2020...

i agree to a point, but 1080 may very well be obsolete sometime soon after 2013, and xbox cant go with XBOX 3 if there is going to be a PS4, marketing wise.
+3 #6 nt300 2011-10-21 17:13
1080p obsolete in 2013? Not even close, people havent even switched to 1080p High Def yet. Before 1080p becomes Obsolete, two things need to happen. #1. 1920 x 1080p needs to become the world wide standard where all HDTV's are full 1080p, none of this 720p nonesense. #2. This 1080p standard needs to survive a full 10 years before moving onto a newer standard. I would assume by 2025, 1080p may get replaced with the next resolution.
Right now TV technology is not advanced enough to offer anything higher than 1080p and the displays that do are 10x the price of a 1080p display.

I would rather then PERFECT 1080p completely then after 10 to 15 years, move onto something new. 3D on the other hand is a waist of time and money. This will remain inthe nitch market for ever.
0 #7 TOPKILL 2011-10-21 17:13
so development systems are out and code is being written for them and yet you think it will have an amd HD8000 graphics card in it when they only have HD6000 out now?? maybe a 7000... maybe but no way its 8000. you cant write code for card that isn't even designed yet.
-1 #8 bardenck 2011-10-21 20:48
On May 19, 2011, SHARP demonstrated a direct-view 85" LCD display capable of 7680 x 4320 pixels at 10 bpp.[13]
The final goal is for UHDTV to be available in domestic homes, though the timeframe for this happening varies between 2016 to 2020 (mainly based on technical reasons concerning storage and broadcast distribution of content).[14]
The BBC intends to trial UHDTV during the 2012 Summer Olympics, erecting 15 m display screens at two or three locations.[15]
-1 #9 bardenck 2011-10-21 20:54
Ultra HDTV, also known as “Super Hi-Vision” or “Ultra HD”, is an experimental broadcast format proposed by BBC, Japan’s NHK, and Italy’s RAI. The UHDTV format is 16 times larger than the current “Full HDTV” format. At this time, no television is capable of displaying the 7680×4320 pixel Super Hi-Vision signal, though such screens may be available for the 2012 Olympics.
-2 #10 bardenck 2011-10-21 20:56
not saying the new xbox hardware will be capable of that res, or 2560, just talking, chill out guy. and yes, not obsolete as in useless but no longer the best res, as it already isn't, 2560X1600 isn't just a magical number ya know.

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